Heathcote National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Heathcote National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Planning for the future
You are invited to have a say on the future of Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area by commenting on 6 discussion papers by Monday 28 August 2017.
Endangered animal habitats are found in Heathcote National Park. NPWS is committed to the protection and conservation of these endangered species, and works to educate visitors wherever possible. Directional signage is positioned and maintained around the park.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Heathcote National Park. Pest reduction of introduced species, as well as ongoing risk assessment for new and emerging weeds, is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the biodiversity values of this park.
Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW. We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
Heathcote National Park is equally committed to park conservation and visitor enjoyment. NPWS works to provide clean, safe facilities for visitors to enjoy and aims to inform the public about sustainably using this park. NPWS monitors the effects of recreational access on the park’s natural and cultural assets, and implements actions to prevent negative impacts, as required.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.
- in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
Heathcote National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Royal National Park Visitor Centre
02 9542 0648
1300 072 757 for campground and cottage bookings
Contact hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
- Royal National Park Visitor Centre
Donate to NSW National Parks
Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.